The 290

The 290

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  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192714120
  • 9780192714121

Review Text

As trim a tale as you'd expect from Scott O'Dell, but one more than a little narrow in the beam - just like the Confederate raider Alabama, on which the hero sees action and defeat in the Battle of Cherbourg. Sixteen-year-old Jim Lynne, the son of a New Orleans slave trader and brother of a Yankee spy, is loyal to the ship he helped build as an apprentice in a Liverpool shipyard and to the dashing Captain Raphael Semmes. This, despite Jim's anti-slavery feelings and a near-mutinous detour that he and black crewmate Lem Wilson take on one of Semmes' prize ships to release a warehouse-full of the elder Lynne's Haitian slaves. The point seems to be that loyalty is more a matter of the heart than of the head, and even that point is made only diffidently and inconclusively, though as usual O'Dell's seamanship and yarnsmanship are impeccable. (Kirkus Reviews)show more